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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343352/the-role-of-hypofractionated-radiotherapy-in-prostate-cancer
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Linus C Benjamin, Alison C Tree, David P Dearnaley
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: It is now accepted that prostate cancer has a low alpha/beta ratio, establishing a strong basis for hypofractionation of prostate radiotherapy. This review focuses on the rationale for hypofractionation and presents the evidence base for establishing moderate hypofractionation for localised disease as the new standard of care. The emerging evidence for extreme hypofractionation in managing localized and oligometastatic prostate cancer is reviewed. RECENT FINDINGS: The 5-year efficacy and toxicity outcomes from four phase III studies have been published within the last 12 months...
April 2017: Current Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343269/neophobia-is-negatively-related-to-reversal-learning-ability-in-females-of-a-generalist-bird-of-prey-the-chimango-caracara-milvago-chimango
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Jorgelina María Guido, Laura Marina Biondi, Aldo Ivan Vasallo, Rubén Nestor Muzio
In an ever-changing environment, the ability to adapt choices to new conditions is essential for daily living and ultimately, for survival. Behavioural flexibility allows animals to maximise survival and reproduction in novel settings by adjusting their behaviour based on specific information and feedback acquired in their current environments. However, a growing body of evidence indicates that an individual's personality type can limit the extent to which the individual might behave flexibly, by influencing the way an individual pays attention to novelty and how much information it collects and stores, which in turn affects the individual's decision-making and learning process...
March 25, 2017: Animal Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343224/the-evidence-of-acute-kidney-injury-in-the-community-and-for-primary-care-interventions
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Lauren Emmett, James Tollitt, Sheila McCorkindale, Smeeta Sinha, Dimitrios Poulikakos
BACKGROUND: Almost two-thirds of patients with acute kidney injury (AKI) damage their kidneys whilst in the community. This paper aims to review existing data on incidence, mortality, and morbidity of AKI within the community and explore the evidence base for primary care strategies aimed at reducing incidence and improving early detection and management of AKI. METHODS: A literature search was carried out using PubMed; key words including AKI, primary care, community acquired, and electronic alerts (e-alerts) were used to capture relevant data...
March 25, 2017: Nephron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343184/regulatory-role-of-ngfs-in-neurocognitive-functions
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Ashutosh Kumar, Vikas Pareek, Muneeb A Faiq, Pavan Kumar, Khursheed Raza, Pranav Prasoon, Subrahamanyam Dantham, Sankat Mochan
Nerve growth factors (NGFs), especially the prototype NGF and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), have a diverse array of functions in the central nervous system through their peculiar set of receptors and intricate signaling. They are implicated not only in the development of the nervous system but also in regulation of neurocognitive functions like learning, memory, synaptic transmission, and plasticity. Evidence even suggests their role in continued neurogenesis and experience-dependent neural network remodeling in adult brain...
March 27, 2017: Reviews in the Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343138/revisiting-the-impact-of-oxtr-rs53576-on-empathy-a-population-based-study-and-a-meta-analysis
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Pingyuan Gong, Huiyong Fan, Jinting Liu, Xing Yang, Kejin Zhang, Xiaolin Zhou
Oxytocin in the brain is related to empathy, which refers to the ability to understand and share others' internal states or responses. Previous studies have investigated the impact of OXTR rs53576, the most intensively examined polymorphism in the oxytocin receptor (OXTR) gene, on individual differences in empathy. However, these studies produced inconsistent results. In the current study, we reexamined the association of OXTR rs53576 with empathy in a relatively large population (N=1830) and also evaluated the association by a comprehensive meta-analysis (N=6631, 13 independent samples)...
March 9, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343124/effects-of-acute-alcohol-consumption-on-measures-of-simulated-driving-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Christopher Irwin, Elizaveta Iudakhina, Ben Desbrow, Danielle McCartney
Driving simulators are used in a wide range of research settings to help develop an understanding of driver behavior in complex environments. Acute alcohol impairment is an important research topic for traffic safety and a large number of studies have indicated levels of simulated driving impairment imposed by alcohol across a range of performance outcome variables. The aim of the present study was to examine the impact of acute alcohol consumption on simulated driving performance by conducting a systematic review and meta-analysis of the available evidence...
March 23, 2017: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343121/phylogeny-and-systematics-of-leptomyxid-amoebae-amoebozoa-tubulinea-leptomyxida
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Alexey Smirnov, Elena Nassonova, Stefan Geisen, Michael Bonkowski, Alexander Kudryavtsev, Cedric Berney, Anna Glotova, Natalya Bondarenko, Iva Dyková, Martin Mrva, Jose Fahrni, Jan Pawlowski
We describe four new species of Flabellula, Leptomyxa and Rhizamoeba and publish new SSU rRNA gene and actin gene sequences of leptomyxids. Using these data we provide the most comprehensive SSU phylogeny of leptomyxids to date. Based on the analyses of morphological data and results of the SSU rRNA gene phylogeny we suggest changes in the systematics of the order Leptomyxida (Amoebozoa: Lobosa: Tubulinea). We propose to merge the genera Flabellula and Paraflabellula (the genus Flabellula remains valid by priority rule)...
October 26, 2016: Protist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343098/developmental-validation-of-qiagen-investigator-%C3%A2-24plex-qs-kit-and-investigator-%C3%A2-24plex-go-kit-two-6-dye-multiplex-assays-for-the-extended-codis-core-loci
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Melanie Kraemer, Anke Prochnow, Michael Bussmann, Mario Scherer, Ralf Peist, Carolyn Steffen
The original CODIS database based on 13 core STR loci has been overwhelmingly successful for matching suspects with evidence. In order to increase the power of discrimination, reduce the possibility of adventitious matches, and expand global data sharing, the CODIS Core Loci Working Group determined the expansion of the CODIS core loci to 20 STR plus three additional "highly recommended" loci (SE33, DY391, Amelogenin) Hares, 2015, 2012 [1,2]. The QIAGEN Investigator 24plex QS and Investigator 24plex GO! Kits are 6-dye multiplex assays that contain all markers of the expanded 23 CODIS core loci along with a unique internal performance control that is co-amplified with the STR markers...
March 12, 2017: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343046/perioperative-hemoglobin-a1c-as-a-predictor-of-deep-infection-following-single-level-lumbar-decompression-in-patients-with-diabetes
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Jourdan M Cancienne, Brian C Werner, Dennis Q Chen, Hamid Hassanzadeh, Adam L Shimer
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Although multiple studies have cited diabetes mellitus as a risk factor decreased functional outcomes, increased infectious complications, and overall increased reoperation rate following degenerative lumbar spinal surgery, few have investigated how perioperative glycemic control influences such complications. PURPOSE: The primary goal of the present study was to use a national database to evaluate the association of perioperative glycemic control as demonstrated by Hemoglobin A1c levels in patients with diabetes undergoing primary, single level decompression without concomitant fusion with the incidence of deep postoperative infection following requiring operative irrigation and debridement...
March 22, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343021/application-of-mixed-methods-design-in-community-engaged-research-lessons-learned-from-an-evidence-based-intervention-for-latinos-with-chronic-illness-and-minor-depression
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Claudia X Aguado Loi, Moya L Alfonso, Isabella Chan, Kelsey Anderson, Dinorah Dina Martinez Tyson, Junius Gonzales, Jaime Corvin
The purpose of this paper is to share lessons learned from a collaborative, community-informed mixed-methods approach to adapting an evidence-based intervention to meet the needs of Latinos with chronic disease and minor depression and their family members. Mixed-methods informed by community-based participatory research (CBPR) were employed to triangulate multiple stakeholders' perceptions of facilitators and barriers of implementing the adapted intervention in community settings. Community partners provided an insider perspective to overcome methodological challenges...
December 24, 2016: Evaluation and Program Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343000/evidence-for-similar-patterns-of-neural-activity-elicted-by-picture-and-word-based-representations-of-natural-scenes
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Manoj Kumar, Kara D Federmeier, Li Fei-Fei, Diane M Beck
A long-standing core question in cognitive science is whether different modalities and representation types (pictures, words, sounds, etc.) access a common store of semantic information. Although different input types have been shown to activate a shared network of brain regions, this does not necessitate that there is a common representation, as the neurons in these regions could still differentially process the different modalities. However, multi-voxel pattern analysis can be used to assess whether, e.g...
March 22, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342997/the-author-s-reply-to-n-r-haddaway
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M Cristina Mangano, G Sarà
In this reply we respond to the commentary of Dr. Haddaway addressed in searching for pitfalls in our systematic mapping exercise "Collating science-based evidence to inform public opinion on the environmental effects of marine drilling platforms in the Mediterranean Sea" recently published in Journal of Environmental Management (Mangano, M.C. and Sarà, G. 2017. Journal of Environmental Management 188: 195-202). We discussed each so called "pitfalls" and, in our opinion, the main cornerstones of systematic map - SM (repeatability, comprehensiveness, transparency, traceability, quality, generalizability) are safe guaranteeing the "gold standard" required by this technique...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342856/reproductive-endocrinology-of-vitamin-d
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Mette Lorenzen, Ida Marie Boisen, Li Juel Mortensen, Beate Lanske, Anders Juul, Martin Blomberg Jensen
Vitamin D is a versatile hormone with several functions beyond its well-established role in maintenance of skeletal health and calcium homeostasis. The effects of vitamin D are mediated by the vitamin D receptor, which is expressed together with the vitamin D metabolizing enzymes in the reproductive tissues. The reproductive organs are therefore responsive to and able to metabolize vitamin D locally. The exact role remains to be clarified but several studies have suggested a link between vitamin D and production/release of reproductive hormones into circulation, which will be the main focus of this review...
March 22, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342775/the-cash-and-counseling-model-of-self-directed-long-term-care-effectiveness-with-young-adults-with-disabilities
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Melissa L Harry, Kevin J Mahoney, Ellen K Mahoney, Ce Shen
BACKGROUND: Young adults with disabilities face numerous barriers to independence and achieving markers of adulthood. Qualitative evidence suggests that flexible, self-directed budgets for purchasing home and community-based services might help fill an identified service gap and help improve the transition to adulthood for this group. OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to evaluate the effectiveness of the Cash and Counseling model of self-directed budgets for young adults with long-term care disabilities by analyzing secondary data from the Cash and Counseling Demonstration and Evaluation randomized control trial...
March 10, 2017: Disability and Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342764/ketamine-as-a-rapid-acting-agent-for-suicidal-ideation-a-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Francesco Bartoli, Ilaria Riboldi, Cristina Crocamo, Carmen Di Brita, Massimo Clerici, Giuseppe Carrà
The current systematic review and meta-analysis aimed at exploring acute effects of intravenous (IV) ketamine, an antagonist of N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA), in subjects with current suicidal ideation. We included clinical trials testing a single IV dose of ketamine and assessing changes in suicidal ideation within 4hours after treatment. Meta-analyses based on random-effects models, were carried out generating pooled standardized mean differences (SMDs) between endpoint and baseline scores. Heterogeneity among studies was estimated using the I(2) index...
March 22, 2017: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342740/the-development-of-a-real-time-reverse-transcription-polymerase-chain-reaction-rrt-pcr-assay-using-taqman-technology-for-the-pan-detection-of-bluetongue-virus-btv
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Catherine Mulholland, Michael J McMenamy, Bernd Hoffmann, Bernadette Earley, Bryan Markey, Joseph Cassidy, Gordon Allan, Michael D Welsh, John McKillen
Bluetongue virus (BTV) is an infectious, non-contagious viral disease of domestic and wild ruminants that is transmitted by adult females of certain Culicoides species. Since 2006, several serotypes including BTV-1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9 and 16, have spread from the Mediterranean basin into Northern Europe for the first time. BTV-8 in particular, caused a major epidemic in northern Europe. As a result, it is evident that most European countries are at risk of BTV infection. The objective of this study was to develop and validate a real-time reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (rRT-PCR) assay based on TaqMan technology for the detection of representative strains of all BTV serotypes...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Virological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342661/climate-change-and-human-infectious-diseases-a-synthesis-of-research-findings-from-global-and-spatio-temporal-perspectives
#17
Lu Liang, Peng Gong
The life cycles and transmission of most infectious agents are inextricably linked with climate. In spite of a growing level of interest and progress in determining climate change effects on infectious disease, the debate on the potential health outcomes remains polarizing, which is partly attributable to the varying effects of climate change, different types of pathogen-host systems, and spatio-temporal scales. We summarize the published evidence and show that over the past few decades, the reported negative or uncertain responses of infectious diseases to climate change has been growing...
March 22, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342618/a-realist-synthesis-of-social-connectivity-interventions-during-transition-to-parenthood-the-value-of-relationships
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Claudine T Bennett, Judy L Buchan, Nicole Letourneau, Stuart G Shanker, Anne Fenwick, Brenda Smith-Chant, Cyndi Gilmer
BACKGROUND: Social connections are important during the transition to parenthood. A wide body of literature suggests that these connections enhance health and contribute to wellbeing. In the case of parents and families, social connections can influence child development. Nurses and public health agencies are in a unique position to advocate for resources and approaches to enhance social connectivity for parents during this important life transition. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this review was to identify the universal social connectivity interventions that work, and the conditions that foster social connections for parents and enhance child development...
April 2017: Applied Nursing Research: ANR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342614/genetic-analysis-of-groups-of-mid-infrared-predicted-fatty-acids-in-milk
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S G Narayana, F S Schenkel, A Fleming, A Koeck, F Malchiodi, J Jamrozik, J Johnston, M Sargolzaei, F Miglior
The objective of this study was to investigate genetic variability of mid-infrared predicted fatty acid groups in Canadian Holstein cattle. Genetic parameters were estimated for 5 groups of fatty acids: short-chain (4 to 10 carbons), medium-chain (11 to 16 carbons), long-chain (17 to 22 carbons), saturated, and unsaturated fatty acids. The data set included 49,127 test-day records from 10,029 first-lactation Holstein cows in 810 herds. The random regression animal test-day model included days in milk, herd-test date, and age-season of calving (polynomial regression) as fixed effects, herd-year of calving, animal additive genetic effect, and permanent environment effects as random polynomial regressions, and random residual effect...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342581/neurodevelopmental-outcomes-in-infants-undergoing-general-anesthesia
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Kelsey A Nestor, Michelle Zeidan, Erin Boncore, Aaron Richardson, Gijo Alex, Michael Weiss, Saleem Islam
PURPOSE: Preclinical data strongly suggest that all agents used for general anesthesia (GA) have detrimental effects on the developing brain. However, clinical data are unclear. The purpose of this study was to use a cohort of infants who underwent GA and understand their neurodevelopmental outcomes. METHODS: A cohort of infants who underwent GA was selected between 2010 and 2011, and a control group was created. Data regarding GA, procedures, and outcomes were collected in 2015...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
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